n Farmer’s Weekly - Marvellous mycorrhiza : vegetable production

Volume 2015, Issue 15039
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



The name 'mycorrhiza' (a combination of two Greek words meaning 'fungus' and 'roots') is unlikely to ring a bell with most farmers as its use has been promoted only recently. Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) fungi have a valuable symbiotic relationship with most plants. (There are other types of mycorrhiza, such as an ectomycorrhizal species associated with oak trees that produces truffles). AM fungi penetrate the plant root but not the cells. They create an enormous 'root system', invisible to the naked eye, that supplies nutrients and water to the plant in exchange for sugars (carbon). In other words, AM substantially adds to the root system of plants.

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